Bruny Island Cat By-law
Bruny Island Cat By-law
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I welcome compulsory desexing and microchipping of cats. As a person who has worked in cat welfare for many years I support any plan that reduces the indiscriminate breeding of cats. I am pleased to see the draft Bruny Island Cat By-law is taking steps for the benefit of cats and for the environment. However I do question when so many cats need to be housed that a limit of only 2 is being applied per household with a permit being possible to apply for more. I question what happens to an owner who is already housing 4 cats and a permit is not given due to a neighbour objecting? This could occur even if the cats are kept on the premises. As an example I live on approx 300acres. To get a permit a public notice would be lodged and any adjoining neighbour within 200 m of my boundary may object. Considering the geographics this could mean up to 20 neighbours the closest being 500m possibly objecting. For the average suburban block most would only have 3 direct neighbours that may have input.

I question how the figure of 2 cats was attained before a permit was needed. I believe a more reasonable figure for cat ownership should be at least 4. By housing larger numbers of cats contributes to reducing the large volume in care by animal welfare groups.

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Jo Wheat
1 week ago · 0 votes · 1 comments
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Good questions Jo.
It would be nice if someone from The Council could monitor this forum and perhaps attempt to answer the questions that are being posed. Otherwise, is there much point in so-called ‘community engagement’ if all that is being achieved is that Bruny residents - at least the ones that are interested or affected by the proposed by-law - get a website on which to vent their feelings and questions on, with no discussion or replies from Council.

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MsWooby
1 week ago
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